Side and side-curtain airbags, electronic stability control, and anti-lock brakes are all standard in the CC, and rear side bags, a feature not always offered in this class, are optional.
On the down side, visibility in the CC is downright poor—nearly as much as in some low-slung sports cars—and the steeply raked windshield and backlight provide a rather narrow slit through which to view the world. Front and rear parking aids are optional.
Altogether, the crash-test information that's out there is good. While the CC hasn't been tested in the federal government's revised NCAP system that's being introduced for 2011, under the old tests it rated four of five stars in the frontal driver, frontal passenger, and side rear passenger categories, while it manages five stars for its side driver crash protection. More importantly, the IIHS gives the current 2011 CC top 'good' ratings in frontal, side, and rear impact areas.